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Roof Being Lifted Into Place At 2012 Olympic Site

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LONDON (AP) - A sweeping, wave-shaped roof has begun to be lifted into place on the Olympic aquatics center that will be used for the 2012 London Games.

Although it was scaled back in an effort to cut spiraling costs, organizers still hope Zaha Hadid's massive structure will provide a spectacular entrance to the Olympic Park in a regenerated area of east London.

"The design of the roof is iconic and will be one of the lasting images of the London 2012 Games," London organizing committee chairman Sebastian Coe said Tuesday. "The lifting of the roof demonstrates strong progress in the Park."

The 17,500-capacity venue will have two 50-meter pools that will be used for the swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo events.

"The lift of the sweeping wave-shaped roof is one of the toughest construction and engineering challenges on the Olympic Park and will showcase the world class expertise involved in delivering the venues and infrastructure for London 2012," Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive David Higgins said.

The center's capacity will be reduced to 2,500 after the Olympics.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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